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Sue Ellen Fewell

May 26, 1942 — April 10, 2017

Sue Ellen Kays-Irish Fewell, 74 of Groesbeck, Texas, after a long battle with cancer, entered into her heavenly home on Monday, April 10, 2017. She was born on May 26, 1942 in Mount Carmel, Illinois to George Wayne "Jimmie" Kays and Margie Juanita O'Neal Kays and raised by Sherman Martin Irish and Margie O'Neal Irish. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Michael Wayne Kays. She is survived by her loving husband, James Edward Fewell of Groesbeck and her adoring family, son, John Richardson and wife Dismery, daughter Angela Marie Ryan and husband James, son Michael Steven Garrido and wife Dawn, daughter Sherri Lynn Berry and husband Michael Ray, daughter Nora Cantu and husband Monico, brother Steven M. Kays and wife Mary Janelle, (the twins) sister Sharon Lee Kemp and husband Pat, sister Sandra Lynn Berry and husband Joe, brother Sherman Louis Irish and wife Denise and brother Stanley DeWitt Irish and partner Jeffrey Ryder. Lovingly called "Mimi", she will be forever missed by her grandchildren; Schon Michel, James Franklin, Krystiana Machel, Stephanie Teresa, Jordon Michael, Macie Marie, Clay, Sarah Kennedy, Carter; and by her great-grandchildren, Rico, Aiden, Felicity, Isaiah, Fiona, Iliana, Ava and Carter Grace. Sue Ellen was a firm believer in reaching out to those who were in-firmed, poor, or just down on their luck. She never forgot where she came from and that is what led her to create a Not for Profit called A Pleasant Retreat. It was very important for her to help her community in any way she could through educational scholarships, school supplies for children in need, or food for a family that was having a hard time making ends meet. Sue Ellen said, "People don't want a handout, they want a hand to help raise them up." Sue Ellen was a jack of all trades working as a lab tech in her younger years in The Bronx, New York and also working in Mission Control for NASA. She was a long-time resident of Groesbeck, Texas, but never lost her love for Galveston Island. Her fondest childhood memories were growing up on the Island, twirling her baton at Lovenburg and walking the beaches looking for open clam shells that resembled angel wings. She once told one of her grandchildren that every time you see an open clam shell on the beach, it is a sign that an angel is close by. Sue Ellen always told a story about a little girl who always wanted to fly. We like to believe that she found one of those clam shell wings on the beach and is soaring over the ocean that she loved so much. Sue Ellen was loved by all and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, family and friends who wish may make a memorial donation in Sue Ellen Fewell's name to: Christ Episcopal Church at 505 E. Commerce, Mexia, TX 76667 Groesbeck Stud Club Academic Scholarships c/o Sue Waller at 401 E. Jacinto, Groesbeck, TX 76642. A memorial honoring her life will be scheduled at a later date.
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